FRESNO (AP) — California residents and farmers can expect to receive more of the water they requested for next year, thanks to early storms that replenished reservoirs and built up the snowpack.
The state Department of Water Resources said Friday that State Water Project contractors will get 40 percent of their requested deliveries for 2013. That’s up from the 30 percent announced at the end of November.
The contractors supply water to more than 25 million residents and nearly a million acres of farmland.
Initial projections are usually low because more than 90 percent of California’s snow and rain falls from December through April.
The final allocation this year was 65 percent of requested deliveries.
Higher allocations are difficult to achieve even in wet years due to pumping restrictions to protect threatened and endangered fish.